St. Louis Puerto Rican community collects donations for Hurrican -

St. Louis Puerto Rican community collects donations for Hurricane Maria victims

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

Members of the Puerto Rican community in the St. Louis area are helping friends and family hit by Hurricane Maria.

President of the Puerto Rican Society of St. Louis Angel Recci said his organization has spent the past month collecting all kinds of donations from both friends and strangers.

The items collected are being sent to help with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

“I’m amazed, I’m amazed with the help from people that we’ve been receiving,” said Recci.

Sunday morning, Recci and several other volunteers met at News 4 Reporter Ray Preston’s garage, one of four storage locations filled with supplies, to prepare to ship the items out to the island.

“St. Louis is my home right now, so we’re depending on great people to help,” Recci said. “I’m proud, I’m just really proud.”

Recci said due to all the support they have received, the Puerto Rican Society will soon stop collecting donated items, but will still accept money that they’ll put towards helping hurricane victims rebuild.

“The Puerto Rican Society is going to use some of the money raised to rebuild schools and day cares back home, back on the island,” Recci said.

With the amount of assistance needed on the island, Recci and the rest of his organization are confident their commitment to lend a hand will have an impact.

“Impact one life – one life in Puerto Rico, just one life, that’s all we want,” Recci said. “But with all the support we’ve been getting, I think that we’re going to do more than that.”

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